Additional Opportunities

Ecoswell: Volunteering and Research Internship

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If you are interested in volunteering or carrying out your dissertation in an exciting place, whilst getting real hands on experience in international development and sustainability, visit EcoSwell’s volunteer programme.
EcoSwell is a sustainable development non-profit organisation working closely with local communities, universities, companies and other NGOs in northern Peru to develop sustainability projects from all disciplines. We turn our volunteers into real agents of change. Volunteering with EcoSwell will give you real applicable experience that will enhance your CV and professional skills and make you more attractive to employers. You will learn from EcoSwell’s team of experts in the fields of social sciences, engineering, environmentalism and others, giving you an unmatchable experience.
EcoSwell is based in Lobitos, known as the land of endless summer, with untamed nature and some of the best surf in the world. We focus on working hard, but on also living life to the fullest.
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First steps in a career in development – Volunteering overseas with ICS and International Service

Applications for government-funded overseas placements, starting in January, on International Development projects from Bolivia to Palestine need to be completed by October 16th. Stella McKenna, International Service ICS Manager UK and International Development MA student at Leeds Beckett University, describes what could be the missing experience between your academic life and your career in development.

No previous experience is necessary. All costs for the placement will be completely covered as the scheme is funded by the UK Government through the Department for International Development; we cover all of your costs and provide a living allowance.

About ICS
International Citizen Service (ICS) is the UK’s leading global volunteering programme for young people who want to do voluntary development work abroad. ICS brings together young people from different countries to fight poverty – with volunteers from the UK working alongside overseas volunteers.

ICS placements run for 12 weeks, departing in January, April, July and September so there are opportunities for current, former and future students. You can apply throughout the year, but ideally you need to apply at least 3 months ahead of your preferred departure date.

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Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for Dig Deep!

In summer 2016, a group of daring Newcastle University students will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – and you can be there!

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and climbing it is one of the all time great achievements. It’s the largest freestanding mountain in the world and the trek encompasses terrains from jungle to glacier. Reaching the summit and watching the sun rise over the vast African plains truly is the experience of a lifetime.

This fundraising challenge is in aid of Dig Deep – a small charity founded by student volunteers which works with communities in Kenya to break the cycle of poverty through water and sanitation.


Interested in writing about issues of injustice and human rights?

Interested in commentary, reportage and expert analysis that explore issues of injustice and human rights abuses in the UK and globally?

Passionate about challenging indifference to suffering and promoting human rights?

Thinking about sharing your own writing or visual art to bring to life wider and deeper aspects of a specific theme of justice?

Lacuna ( is an online magazine that aims to fill the gap between the short-term immediacy of daily journalism and long-term academic analysis. We publish credible, accessible and compelling content that enables concerned readers to gain a better understanding of a particular issue. Lacuna gives space and assistance to new writers and those who want to speak for themselves, alongsideexperienced thinkers and practitioners.

To find out more about our work and sample what Lacuna Magazine has to offer, you could read a recent feature article on the hidden lives of India’s domestic maids by a development journalist, a personal account of life in occupied Palestine by human right monitor, an interview with a contemporary artist engaging social and political events, or, closer to home, a perspective on UK immigration detention by Lacuna’s writer-in-residence.


If you have an idea to contribute to the discussion on justice and human rights at Lacuna, contact our editorial team.


Get involved with Team Kenya!

Team Kenya is highly successful and effective UK registered charity based in Newcastle and run entirely by volunteers. We have been working in collaboration with our implementation partner Ndhiwa Community Empowerment and Development Project (NCEDP) since 2008. We collaborate with partners and stakeholders in Western Kenya to empower local communities to achieve sustainable development, gender equality and the alleviation of poverty through education and enterprise. Activities are coordinated from NCEDP’s base at Karibuni Eco-cottages, our community based tourism initiative.

We are currently offering an opportunity for undergraduate or post graduate students from Newcastle University to be directly involved in our work. We are looking for people with the right skills and interests to be part of our impact and effectiveness team actively participating in monitoring and evaluation of the impact of our work in Kenya. This can be entirely based in Newcastle or can involve a visit to Kenya to be part of the data collection team.

We are also happy to receive enquiries from students interested in other aspects of our work who wish to enhance their own skills and experience and share knowledge by getting involved with projects and activities in the UK or Kenya. There may be the opportunity for the right candidate to also get involved at trustee level as we are currently reviewing strategic priorities for the next 5 years in line with the new SDG and looking for highly motivated individuals passionate about International Development

Further information can be found on our website and social media

Please contact Val Wilson for further details

Ndhiwa Kenya

Ndhiwa is a small town in the far south west corner of Kenya, in Homa Bay County, Nyanza Province, about 40 minutes by road from Lake Victoria. The area is remote and rural and the way of life is very traditional. 63 % of the community in Ndhiwa and the surrounding district live in extreme poverty, caused by factors including: physical and political isolation, corruption, gender discrimination and inequality, human rights violations, high population growth, lack of clean water, electricity and sanitation. The main source of livelihood is smallholder subsistence farming. Food poverty is over 50% with fertile agricultural land available but underutilized.
Ndhiwa currently has the highest HIV / AIDS rate in Kenya with adolescent girls most at risk. Teenage pregnancies, early marriage, polygamy, wife inheritance and violence against women and girls are a particular issue in this very traditional, rural location. Currently very high youth unemployment contributes to a culture of dependency on drugs and alcohol amongst young men which in turn leads to increased crime and violence against adolescent girls and young women with ever more girls becoming involved in very risky behaviour.
Attainment in primary schools in Ndhiwa district is low. Many teachers are unqualified, leadership & management are poor, & resources outdated. Pupil progression is not automatic & some young people are still in primary school at 18. 50% of girls drop out before completion. Teacher-pupil abuse & sexual exploitation of girls are widespread.

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